by Marisa Marcantonio

With a creative muse as his guide, 4th generation Los Angeles native Oliver M. Furth created a dark and moody bedroom for an edgy girl. I could see Lisbeth Salander from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo living here after a spending splurge.

Filled with art galore, Furth's room was inspired by this (probably) Balenciaga-wearing chicster. The centerpiece, "Cluster # 9" sculpture by Elyse Graham, is made of graphite covered balloons. They look like noir grapes with an attitude. I like to call Oliver a child prodigy, he is a mere youngster with major talent.

To create a focal point in the center of the room, he added a 1960s Italian Modern Center Table from J.F. Chen.

A Black Leather and Rock Crystal Desk by the ever-coveted John Dickenson from Modern One gives this cool chick a spot to write master works. J.F. Chen's 1960's Green Lizard-clad Klismos Chair is her perch. Hot.

A fab plexi cabinet, Frequency, by Mattia Bonetti from Michael Smith's Duke & Duke Gallery is filled with cool objects. Walls are covered in Holland & Sherry Graphite boiled wool, the perfect backdrop for framed paintings and prints.

Every inch of wall space is filled with framed art. The takeaway here? Hang art salon style to create an impact. The more the better.

A dodecahedron bar contains the party. A glossy ebony floor of stretched black rubber created by Chelsea O. Production Design adds an oil slick runway, very gallery-esque.

A "Lumiere" Light Fixture by Jean de Merry glows in the entry way like a spiny sea urchin.

A beautiful sleigh bed from Michael Smith and a Serge Moulle lamp adds a hit of mod.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Million Dollar Decorator/furniture designer/Jaguar spokesman/Schumacher fabric designer/all around fun bon vivant, decorated Mr. Doheny's Bathroom, massage room and bedroom as a masculine lair. In the massage area, glimmering touches of brass, black detailing and chevron stripes keep things moody and luxe.

Bullard's new Schumacher fabrics are used throughout. A Brookstone massage table, covered in his oversized zig zag fabric is the focal point of the massage room. A folding screen of antiqued mirror makes the intimate space appear larger, a great device in small areas.

Touches of black and white are coordinated with modernist abstract paintings.

MLB's now signature black and white Tangiers Side Table sits in a corner.

In the bedroom, a canopy bed of his own design is draped in his Schumacher fabrics. Taupe along with touches of ebony and white are everywhere. The space gets a global injection, with Indian mirrors, inlaid accessories and low lighting from sconces and table lamps.

A small Indian mirror, Buddha and inlaid chest under the ebony nightstand evoke travels and far off escapes.

A cozy reading chair mixing pattern and solid in more (!) Schumacher.

Paisley upholstered wall panels surrounded by white millwork details add a relaxing den feeling to Mr. Doheny's bedroom. A gilded serpent mirror from Rose Tarlow Melrose House hangs above the beautifully proportioned marble mantel.

A major ebony inlaid chest on elaborate legs surrounded by a pair of tracery detailed chairs adds heft and interesting forms.

An ebony and ivory leg desk with an anglo Indian chair and brass camel add a bit of exotic flavor to the area where work gets done.


by Marisa Marcantonio

And we're back for more Maison de Luxe Greystone rooms. The house seems to go on forever, room after room. What a treat they were all so idea packed and exciting.

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield designed Mrs. Doheny's bedroom. A Phylis Morris bed is the star, with an elaborate Peacock adorned wallpaper behind it.

A pink rose riot arranged by Florals.

A fabulous prim and proper portrait redolent of 1950's style hangs above a red sofa with bolsters.

Think pink! Rich pink walls allowed for the classic millwork to stand out.

Fantastical swirled color clad walls provided visual punch in Wendy Schwartz's west grand hall and dressing room. Soane's undulating wicker consoles line the walls as you enter the space, with a stark white geometric Stacked Entry Table from Cuff Home in the center.

A crisp white table is topped with marble grapes and candlesticks from Jardins en Fleur.

Stunning string orbs from Cuff Home are suspended from the ceiling. Cuff Home is Wendy's design store, where you can order these illuminating designs.

Black Crow Studios Watercolor wallpaper stopped me in my tracks. The saturated color and random swirling pattern was mesmerizing.

An ornate grey and white console and wallpaper wrapped screen create a vignette.

In Oliver M. Furth's dressing room, a glossy black floor with silver walls in wallcovering created a deco deluxe dressing area. What a glam, sexy place to get ready. It looked great at night.

Deep plum colored fabric at the window play off the teal upholstery, painted ceiling and white detailing.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Just back from LA, where I attended the Gala opening of Maison de Luxe, held at Greystone mansion. Pamela Jaccarino, the editor in chief of Luxe Interiors and Design assembled masses of talent from around the country to create visions of grandeur in this storied Hollywood set of a house. She let them do their thing and the results are pretty spectacular. If you are in LA drop by, the house is festooned until December 22nd!

And so we begin the tour, with a look at Timothy Corrigan's crimson tinged grand entry foyer, first floor and grand center hall.

Masses of red Phillip Jeffries wallpaper and old Hollywood black and white photos from Jim McHugh made the massive entry inviting.

Wowza- a colorful marble inlaid console redolent of the Medici with a portrait from around the same time hanging above it sets the stage for what is to come.

With the holidays upon us, I can't think of a better way to bring on the glamour than with red everywhere. The enormous JF Chen orb hanging from the ceiling is a statement maker if there ever was one.

Red velvet upholstery surrounds a low cerused wood coffee table with ancient artifacts on it. Corrigan loves his antiques and who can blame him? He incorporates them beautifully.

This silver sconce is to die for.

Eric Butterbaugh Design did the magnificent flowers.

More to come! As they say in LA, please standby...